Searching for NZ information in the virtual library

Alastair G. Smith (Senior Lecturer, School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Publication date: 1 December 2004


This paper explores resource discovery issues relating to New Zealand/Aotearoa information on the WWW in the twenty‐first century. Questions addressed are: How do New Zealand search engines compare with global search engines for finding information relating to New Zealand? Can search engines find everything that is available on the web? What are effective strategies for finding information relating to New Zealand on the web? What is the quality of NZ information on the web? What can librarians do to make NZ information more accessible on the web? Based on a study, it concludes that neither local nor global search engines are by themselves sufficient, and that to maximize retrieval a variety of engines is necessary. The NZ librarian can play a role in ensuring that NZ information is made both available and accessible. Although the paper discusses the situation in New Zealand, the results and conclusions are applicable to other countries.



Smith, A. (2004), "Searching for NZ information in the virtual library", The Electronic Library, Vol. 22 No. 6, pp. 492-497.

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